Accountants and bookkeepers must adapt to a mobile-first world
July 21, 2016

Today, all professionals operate in a world that is largely dependent on mobile. For instance, doctors now use mobile devices to facilitate appointments, and retailers use tablets to improve the in-store experience. As more industries integrate mobile into their operations, accountants and bookkeepers must also adopt strategies and practices that rely on these devices.

The rise of mobile in the Canada
In 2016, the importance of mobile is no longer in question. The reality is that mobile devices are integral to the everyday lives of their users as well as the businesses that leverage this technology. In fact, eMarketer reported smartphone users in Canada will spend roughly an hour more per day with their devices in 2016 as they did in 2012. Moreover, Catalyst shared data that shows mobile adoption in Canada will reach 76 percent in 2016, up from 68 percent in 2015 and 55 percent in 2014.

Mobile devices have certainly transformed the lives of individuals. Additionally, this technology has had a major impact on businesses. According to data from Spiceworks, IT department will spend 14 percent of their budgets on cloud infrastructure, which is up from 12 percent in 2015. For businesses, mobile technology plays an important role in banking, scheduling, managing expenses and participating in social media.

An opportunity for accountants and bookkeepers
On the one hand, accountants and bookkeepers need to adapt to the mobile-first world in order to accommodate their mobile-first clients. In this light, going mobile isn't really optional. On the other hand, accountants and bookkeepers can experience major benefits by leveraging these devices to make their jobs easier and more efficient.

As Accounting Web pointed out, accountants and bookkeepers who use mobile as part of their business strategy achieve two key outcomes: constant connection to their office and information no matter where they happen to be, and better, real-time service for clients. By having access to client data on the go and empowering those clients through cloud-based mobile technology and solutions, accountants and bookkeepers can also avoid time-consuming office visits and other tedious tasks that take time away from providing longer-term business strategy.

In a mobile-first world, businesses are going to partner with accountants and bookkeepers who have achieved a high level of tech-savviness. Integrating mobile enhances efficiency, service and competitiveness.

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